HICKENLOOPER’S VISIT TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON KRAI/55 COUNTRY
Governor John Hickenlooper’s meeting in Craig next week will be broadcast live on 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country. The governor’s visit is expected to be well attended, and he is expected to face tough questions from Moffat County residents. Many feel Hickenlooper has neglected rural Colorado, and has even waged a war on the rural lifestyle. After several counties threatened to start procedures to secede from the state, Hickenlopper commented that maybe he needed to “lean in and listen” more to rural counties. The governor is running for re-election. Monday’s meeting will be from 11:30 to 12:15 at CNCC in Craig. Attendance is limited, so those that would like to attend should reserve their spot by clicking here. Again, the meeting will be broadcast live on 93-7/102-3 KRAI, 55 Country, and online at KRAI.COM.
US House Passes Tipton’s All-of-the-Above Energy Plan
Today, the House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support Congressman Scott Tipton’s (R-CO) Planning for American Energy Act (H.R. 1394), which would increase responsible American energy production by establishing a true all-of-the-above energy strategy. Tipton’s bill passed as part of the Federal Lands and Energy Security Act of 2013 (H.R. 1965—listed as Title II), a legislative package that also seeks to eliminate bureaucratic red tape that is hampering responsible energy development on federal lands.
H.R. 1394 would establish a true all-of-the-above domestic energy plan, putting into place common sense steps to create a framework for using federal lands to responsibly meet America’s energy needs without repealing a single environmental regulation or review process. Under the legislation, the non-partisan Energy Information Administration provides the projected energy needs of the United States for the next 30 years to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture on which they then base four year production plans. The bill requires that all energy resources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals needed for energy development be included in the plan. H.R. 1965 expands energy production on federal lands by eliminating red tape and streamlining the leasing and permitting process. View the full bill here.
“Colorado, along with our neighboring Western states, is in a unique position to contribute to our nation’s energy security and ensure that the United States remains competitive in the world market. By promoting a common-sense regulatory framework, embracing domestic energy research and development, and applying environmental and safety standards already on the books, rather than adding costly new mandates, we can help meet America’s energy needs right here at home, providing energy and economic security that will benefit American families,” said Tipton. “An all-of-the-above domestic energy plan that responsibly increases production on federal lands is needed to ensure the future prosperity of our nation. That is exactly what H.R. 1965 will accomplish. It creates a framework to responsibly meet America’s energy needs, lowers energy costs for consumers, and creates much needed jobs.”
MOFFAT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DENY PERMIT FOR MINK FARM
The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday denied a conditional use permit to move the Gore Mink Farm north of Craig. The farm has been operating illegally in the Western Knolls area. Neighbors have complained about the smell and appearance of the farm, and have concerns about soil and water contamination. The operators were told they had to shut down the operation, and they were supposed to have the place cleaned up by the end of June. That still hasn’t happened. During Tuesday’s meeting the commissioners scolded the operators for not complying, and denied the permit based on that non-compliance. It’s not clear what the operations next move is, but the owners may find it tough to continue. Their animals were all released last week, by someone claiming to be with Earth Liberation Front, an eco-terrorist organization. In a statement released by ELF, the group claimed they were saving the animals from the upcoming pelting season. Most of the animals have been recovered, but according to the operators, they were never going to be pelted. That is until ELF let them go. The operators say the animals were strictly breeding stock, but now that their breeding cards have been destroyed, they have no other choice but to pelt them.
ABDELLA CHOOSES HUME TO JOIN SHERIFF TICKET
Moffat County Undersheriff Charlene Abdella has now formally announced her candidacy for Moffat County Sheriff. Abdella says she has filed her paperwork for the spring caucus. Abdella has picked her running mate as well. K.C. Hume will appear on the ticket with Abdella. Abdella says she has learned a lot from her time as undersheriff, and is looking forward to continuing her service in Moffat County.
GROUP RESEARCHING NEED FOR SENIOR CENTER IN CRAIG
A group of citizens has started discussion on whether there is a need for a senior center in Craig. The Moffat County Council on Aging is leading the discussion. Nearly 100 people attended a meeting Monday to talk about the needs of the elderly in Moffat County. The group was thrilled with the attendance, but says there are still people they need to reach, including those that aren’t yet considered senior citizens. The group wants to first assess the needs of seniors before deciding whether or not an actual senior center is a feasible option. More informational and public input meetings will be held in the future.
STEPHENS CALLS ON UDALL TO OWN UP TO DECEPTION
Republican Senate candidate Amy Stephens yesterday asked Senator Mark Udall to be honest with Coloradans about when he knew that he was misleading his constituents about the disastrous consequences stemming from ObamaCare. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York admitted this week that she and her Democrat colleagues knew well in advance that claims made by President Obama and Senator Udall about how citizens could keep their insurance if they preferred it were false and dishonest. In a statement, Stephens said “Senator Gillibrand’s admission raises very serious questions for Senator Udall to answer. In order to maintain the trust and confidence of his constituents, Senator Udall needs to break his silence and tell Coloradans when he was aware that his claims about ObamaCare were false.”
POLL SHOWS HICKENLOOPER HAS SMALL LEAD
A new poll shows Democratic Governor Hickenlooper leading all GOP challengers by a handful of points, but 49 percent of Colorado voters don’t think he deserves re-election. The Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday also put Hickenlooper’s approval at 48 percent. Hickenlooper leads former U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo 46 percent to 41 percent after being statistically tied with him in August. Hickenlooper also has similar leads over the other Republican candidates – Secretary of State Scott Gessler, state Senator Greg Brophy, and former state Senator Mike Kopp. The poll also showed 55 percent of voters disapprove of new gun restrictions, but overwhelming favor universal background checks. The poll of 1,206 registered voters was taken from November 15th through the 18th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
GUN CONTROL SUPPORTERS GATHER AT STATE CAPITOL
Gun-control supporters who gathered at the Colorado Capitol are hoping the state’s long debate over gun laws is over. The gun-control supporters on Monday asked the Democratic state Legislature not to revisit last session’s gun-control package, which included expanded background checks and a limit on ammunition magazines. Two Democratic senators who supported the gun laws were recalled in September. A third faces a possible recall vote during the legislative session. Republicans are now a single seat away from controlling the state Senate and are already working on a bill to repeal or change some parts of the gun package signed into law this year.